A new Cargill rail yard is one vote away from becoming a reality after a second city council vote in favor of it yesterday(Tues).
The company hopes to build the rail yard a few miles from its corn processing plant on a 17-acre plot next to Prairie Park Fishery. The project requires city council approval to re-zone that plot. The 12-track yard would fit up to 200 freight cars.
People living near the proposed rail yard say it would bring a lot of noise and pollution to the area, something Cargill said it would address. Others in Cedar Rapids think it would maintain what they call “good jobs” in the area.
The city council will have its third and final vote on the issue later this month.